Florence Welch Waxes Shakespearean on New Song, ‘When in Disgrace with Fortune and Men’s Eyes (Sonnet 29)’
From Rufus Wainwright's upcoming tribute album to the bard
Update: The full song has been released. Listen to it below.
Singer-songwriter, composer, and musical historian Rufus Wainwright recently announced plans for a tribute album entitled succinctly Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets, which will feature guest vocalist appearances from Helena Bonham Carter, Carrie Fisher, Martha Wainwright, and more as they sing works by the bard. Earlier today, a lengthy preview of Florence + the Machine frontman Florence Welch’s contribution to the package, “When in Disgrace with Fortune and Men’s Eyes (Sonnet 29),” emerged online. It’s a lovely, harp-driven piece of ’70s-indebted strumming and humming, Welch’s voice lilting and honeysuckle sweet over a pastoral melody.
Look for Flo’s full sonnet when Take All My Loves arrives on April 22 via Deutsche Grammophon in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the famous poet’s death, and tide your wait with the preview below.